Willowfields Energy Park

Exagen Group is seeking
to develop Willowfields Energy Park, a renewable energy project comprising a ground mounted solar photovoltaics (PV) array with
co-located battery storage.

The land available for development consists of several parcels of land located south-east of Kingston Bagpuize and northwest of Garford in Oxfordshire. Willowfields Energy Park will be a solar farm co-located with a battery energy storage system (BESS) connecting into an existing on-site overhead line located within the site boundary. The site will be sensitively designed within the land available, with input from local residents, planning experts and all relevant consultees.

We are seeking your views on this proposal ahead of submitting a formal planning application to Vale of White Horse District Council. We seek to take an involved approach with the local community, building feedback into our project design. We have already been in contact with the planning team at the council via their pre-application service gathering valuable insight with this same goal in mind.

We invite you to attend the in person ‘drop in’ exhibitions we are hosting in your area and the online webinar linked below. Should you not be able to make a time below, a webinar recording will be available on the project website.

Greenhead Energy Park

Greenhead Energy Park is a solar farm co-located with a battery energy storage system (BESS).

The solar farm will provide low carbon electricity to the UK grid and the battery storage system will carefully balance its supply to ensure it can most effectively match peaks and troughs in demand of electricity throughout the day.

The site is comprised of two land parcels, the first is located northwest of the village of Chopwell, the second is located southwest / west of the villages of Coalburns and Greenside. The two parcels are separated by Lead Road.

The site was chosen because of its proximity to the available grid connection at Coalburns substation. The site also avoids key environmental designations (landscape, heritage and ecology) and is also located outside of Flood Zones 2 and 3.

Solar panels will provide a 49.9MW export capacity, equivalent to the annual electricity usage of 18,800 homes or 21% of all homes in the jurisdiction of Gateshead.

The agricultural land classification is Grade 4 and 5 across the site; therefore not classified as ‘Best and Most Versatile’. Any effects on land use would also be temporary and reversible at the end of the project life cycle and during the operational period some agricultural activities will continue in the form of sheep grazing.

Brockworth Road Energy Reserve

Brockworth Road Energy Reserve is a proposed battery energy storage system connected into an existing 33kV overhead line.

The project is located on a small parcel of land located east of the junction connecting the M5 and A417, and west of Brockworth Road. The infrastructure to be installed comprises a standalone battery energy storage system, alongside associated infrastructure such as access tracks, secure fencing, and substation buildings.

There will be an approximately 80m long section of buried cable between the battery system and the point of connection into the existing 33kV overhead power line. The point of connection and limited supporting infrastructure is located in a small area to the west of the main system.

To make this project work for all, we are seeking your views on this proposal ahead of submitting a formal planning application to Tewkesbury Borough Council.

This project website will be updated to share the latest news with the local community and facilitate feedback. We will also hold an online public consultation event; the details can be found on this page.

Old Wood Energy Park

We would like to introduce our project, Old Wood Energy Park.

It comprises of a ground mounted solar photovoltaics (PV) array with co-located battery storage connected into an existing overhead line that delivers electricity to the area.

The solar farm comprises of two parcels of land to the west of the village of Wysall, Nottinghamshire. The first is located on land west of Lodge Farm, south of Old Wood and the second slightly further south around Rough Plantation and north of Wysall Road.

The battery energy storage system (BESS) and point of connection infrastructure is located in the southern land parcel, one field up from the road to benefit from existing screening, with the connection into the pylon in the southern most field.

Our planning application for the Old Wood Energy Park has been submitted to and validated by Rushcliffe Borough Council.

Any representations or comments on the application from interested parties should be submitted directly to the council using the online form under the ‘Comments’ section on the application or in writing (letter or email) to Rushcliffe Borough Council, Rushcliffe Arena, Rugby Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham, NG2 7YG or planningandgrowth@rushcliffe.gov.uk, quoting the application reference number 24/00161/FUL.

Link to application

 

Swallett Energy Park

Swallett Energy Park is a ground mounted solar farm with the option to add co-located battery storage. The project will connect via a buried cable into the local grid at Lyneham substation, located just to the east of the site.

The site comprises of one parcel of land located between the M4 motorway and the railway line between Chippenham and Swindon. The project is west of Dauntsey Lock and northeast of Christian Malford.

Exagen have now submitted a full planning application to Wiltshire Council.

Any representations or comments on the application from interested parties should be submitted directly to the Council using the online form under the ‘Comments’ section reference number PL/2023/10077.

Holly Lane Energy Park

Exagen is developing proposals for a solar farm and battery energy storage system on land south of Balsall Common, Solihull.

This project would generate clean, renewable energy through solar photovoltaic panels, which would connect to the electricity grid network to provide power to UK homes, or be stored on site for when it is needed most.

In September 2023 Exagen submitted a full planning application to Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council and Warwick District Council. Links to the planning applications are below:

Warwick (reference W/23/1358) 

Solihull (reference PL/2023/01952/PPFL) 

The applications were subsequently refused by the two local authorities in February and April 2024 and Exagen are now in the process of submitting appeals to the Planning Inspectorate against the refusals. As part of the appeals we are proposing some minor amendments which we are consulting on – the amended plans and reports can be accessed by download in the consultation section below the meet the team section.

Please submit consultation feedback to hollylaneenergypark@exagen.co.uk or through letter at Exagen, 17th Floor, Millbank Tower, London, ​SW1P 4QP

 

Highfield Energy Park

Exagen is seeking to develop a renewable energy project comprising a ground mounted solar photovoltaics (PV) array with co-located battery storage at the point of connection into the existing 66kV overhead line between Coalburns and Hexham.

The main solar farm is located on land around Highfield Farm, southwest of Whittonstall with the battery storage and point of connection infrastructure located northwest of Whittonstall. The two will be connected via a buried cable that will largely follow the shortest route.

We are seeking your views on this proposal ahead of submitting a formal planning application to Northumberland County Council. The land available for development is currently larger that what is required, we are consulting and undertaking environmental assessments to determine the most suitable land.

This project website will keep members of the local community updated and facilitate feedback. We will also hold an online public consultation event and public exhibitions, details can be found here.

Normanton Energy Reserve

The project is located on land east of the A47 to the northeast of Earl Shilton. We have now submitted our planning application to Blaby District Council.

This project website is to keep members of the local community updated and to facilitate feedback, leading on from the public consultation undertaken in August and September 2022.